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Kubera - I am Not Kubera!

May 29, 2017 ·

Kubera - I Am Not Kubera! This is a page that discusses the common problem in both the West and the East, among modern scholars, of grouping and misidentifying all different types of deities under the generic and non-specific term 'Kubera.'

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White Jambhala Main Page - Updated

May 29, 2017 ·

The White Jambhala Page has been updated and re-formatted.

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Yellow Jambhala Main Page - Updated

May 29, 2017 ·

The Yellow Jambhala Page has been updated with additional images and re-formatted.

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Vasudhara Main Page - Updated

May 10, 2011 ·

There are a number of forms of the wealth goddess Vasudhara. The most popular and common in Tibetan art is the yellow two armed form and the most common in Nepalese art is the yellow six armed form. Aside from these two forms and other versions of the yellow Vasudhara there are also three traditions of a red single faced two armed form of the deity. The red forms are generally considered 'power' deities which means they still perform the function of a wealth deity but with the added aspect of increased strength or 'power'

Two Armed Description: "Vasudhara, with one face and two hands. The right [hand] in the gesture of supreme generosity and the left holds tufts of rice and a vase, showering down various jewels. Having jewel ornaments and garments of silk. Completely surrounded by friendly beings. Seated in the vajrasana [posture]." (Konchog Lhundrub, 1497-1557. From the One Hundred Methods of Accomplishment).

Six Armed Description: "Vasudhara, yellow, with one face and six hands; in a manner happily seated at play. The first right hand is in a gesture of supreme generosity, the second 'raining jewels,' the third with the hand in a gesture accompanying singing. The first left holds an abundant vase, the second a sheaf of grain, the third [holds] the Prajnaparamita text; adorned with all jewel ornaments." This form of Vasudhara arises from the Togpa Chungwa and the Vajravali text of Abhayakaragupta.

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Jambhala Main Page - Updated

May 10, 2011 ·

There are a number of different forms and traditions of the wealth deity Jambhala. He is found in five principal colours: yellow, black, white, green and red. The most common are the yellow and black Jambhala forms followed by the red and white forms. Some of these can also have several different appearances with varying numbers of hands and heads. If Jambhala is appearing with a consort it is almost always the goddess Vasudhara. Aside from those Indian Buddhist forms, there are also Nyingma forms of Jambhala that arise from the 'Revealed Treasure' Tradition. One particular form has the physical appearance of Black Jambhala but in this Nyingma example he is multi-coloured with arms, legs, torso and head all different. Other than the Traba Ngonshe and multi-coloured forms no other Nyingma Jambhala figures are presently listed on the Jambhala Main Page.Others will be added as they become known.

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